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What We’re Doing – A Roundup of First 5 LA Events and Activities

Promise of Care: First 5 LA Executive Director Kim Belshé was honored as a Community Health Champion early this month at Eisner Health's 'Promise of Care' luncheon at the J.W. Marriott at L.A. Live. The event, hosted by Tracie Potts, NBC News Washington D.C. correspondent, was the first of its kind for Eisner Health, which provides medical and dental health for the San Fernando Valley and South L.A.  Eisner is a First 5 LA grantee administering First Connections, a developmental screening program. Belshé was honored alongside the City of Downey's Councilmember, Fernando Vasquez and the Vice Chair for the Davis Wright Tremaine law firm, John LeCrone, for exceptional work in promoting community health. First 5 LA was a gold sponsor for the event.

First 5 LA in SacTown Part I: First 5 LA’s Strategic Partnerships Department Manager Alba Bautista joined Southern California Grantmakers last week for Philanthropy California’s (CA) visit to our State Capitol to develop and cultivate relationships with legislators and policymakers. Philanthropy CA is an alliance of Northern California Grantmakers, San Diego Grantmakers and Southern California Grantmakers.   

First 5 LA along with staff from the Eisner Foundation and the California Endowment met with Senator Holly Mitchell, Assemblywoman Autumn Burke’s staff, Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo, Assemblymember Richard Bloom and others to share philanthropy’s efforts to ensure an accurate and complete Census count, particularly of hard-to-count populations like young children. Participants advocated for increased and agreed upon funding between the State Assembly and Senate as well as support for  $1 billion for babies (infant and toddler care) and routine developmental screenings with a validated tool for infants and toddlers in Medi-Cal (AB 11).

First 5 LA in SacTown Part II: Also last week, First 5 LA colleagues from Health Systems and Public Policy & Government Affairs departments participated in the California Campaign to Counter Childhood Adversity’s (4CA) policymakers education day. Joining staff from other organizations from across California, including Children Now, the Center for Youth Wellness and the Children's Clinic, the First 5 LA team met with legislative leaders and staff to educate them on the long-term impact of childhood adversity and advocate for improved trauma-informed policy and programming.

First 5 LA in SacTown Part III: In addition to participating in Philanthropy CA's and 4CA's advocacy days, members from First 5 LA’s Policy & Government Affairs and Strategic Partnerships departments participated in the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce's ACCESS Sacramento legislative advocacy trip. The trip served as an opportunity for First 5 LA to continue to build relationships with Los Angeles business partners based on our legislative agenda and the $1 billion for babies budget ask, while supporting the Strategic Partnerships Department's efforts to engage with high profile business leaders to build awareness of First 5 LA goals and mission and to cultivate local business leaders as early childhood champions. Vice President of Policy and Strategy Kim Pattillo Brownson introduced journalist Dan Morain during the lunch event.

First 5 LA in SacTown Part IV: First 5 LA Vice President of Policy and Strategy Kim Pattillo Brownson (not pictured) and colleagues from our Policy & Government Affairs Department joined members of the California Early Care and Education Coalition this week to stand with Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry on the State Capitol steps for her "Rally for Childcare Access." The rally called for parents and child care advocates to help bring attention to a bill that would help fund an expansion of the state’s capacity for childcare. Assembly Bill 2292 requests $1 billion to fund new and renovated child care facilities by increasing reimbursement rates and creating a grant program that would expand childcare for infants and toddlers, as well as implement early childhood education programs.

Festively Linking Families to Resources - Child360, First 5 LA Best Start Southeast Los Angeles communities (SELA) and the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health partnered to host a community resource fair on May 19 at Salt Lake Park in Huntington Park. The event brought together communities, children and their families to share resources, with the focus on reducing parental stress through fun, physical activities, and entertainment. The event showcased 60 agencies that provided a wide range of resources on health, mental health and immigration rights information to name a few and help bridge the gap by connecting residents with organizations that provide services in their communities to families with young children 0-5 years.

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